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brokenfingers
01-03-2008, 07:41 AM
Hello people,

I'm not too savvy when it comes to the text and IM scene and corresponding lingo. I have a couple of questions as far as what the hell some of these "words" mean and I want this thread to be where anyone can post questions concerning textspeak etc.

My main question right now is:

What does this mean? <3

SpookyWriter
01-03-2008, 07:45 AM
I have no clue. I don't own a cell phone.

quickWit
01-03-2008, 07:50 AM
As a middle aged guy, texting is greek to me, but I believe that's supposed to represent a heart.

Shady Lane
01-03-2008, 07:51 AM
haha, yes, that's a heart.

I'm more comfortable in real-world speak, but I'm also sixteen...feel free to ask me anything.

brokenfingers
01-03-2008, 07:57 AM
Ahh ok. So what would the context be for using that? I heart you? Is there such a thing? And if so, what does it mean?

TrainofThought
01-03-2008, 08:01 AM
There is such a thing as “I heart you,” which means “I love you.”

cray
01-03-2008, 08:04 AM
I have no clue. I don't own a cell phone.


huh. so you're the one.
who'd a thunk it

SpookyWriter
01-03-2008, 08:05 AM
There is such a thing as I heart you, which means I love you.
http://www.pantagraph.com/content/articles/2007/07/09/news/doc4691af92070476743469751.jpg

brokenfingers
01-03-2008, 08:11 AM
There is such a thing as “I heart you,” which means “I love you.”Hmmm, thanks ToT.

I'd also like to hear what some of the younger members who text regularly have to say. Is it something used casually. I'd hate to commit a grievous and irredeemable faux-pas.

TrainofThought
01-03-2008, 08:21 AM
Hmmm, thanks ToT.

I'd also like to hear what some of the younger members who text regularly have to say. Is it something used casually. I'm hate to commit a grievous faux-pas.Are you calling me old? :e2fight:JK.

It can't hurt to use it you might even get a date out of it. :D

cray
01-03-2008, 08:23 AM
these are the only two that i know:
HAWGSOH -- heroin addict with great sense of humor

JRLA -- janet reno look-alike

brokenfingers
01-03-2008, 08:24 AM
Are you calling me old? :e2fight:JK.

It can't hurt to use it you might even get a date out of it. :DWell, it's just that I like this lawyer I have and, frankly, his texts are freaking me out. ;)

And there's no way in hell I'm calling you old, silly.

rhymegirl
01-03-2008, 08:29 AM
My daughter says that symbol just means love.

ZannaPerry
01-03-2008, 08:30 AM
I use to HATE texting when I had my old phone, or when I actually got a cell. Now, I text on a regular basis. And do you count 21 being too old, if you so you better duck behind a couch, mister! Haha!

Wait...you do know what HAHA means, right?

I can help because I usually help my mom with these sort of questions to get her into the real world of things. Including texting.

LOL: the obvious LAUGH OUT LOUD
LMAO: of course, LAUGH MY ASS OFF

LOL is the nicer version of LMAO.

IDK: I don't know.

?: you can just put the question mark for question...duh! Simplier.

NM: Not much.

And for me, I actually text like I'm typing. I have to spell the whole words out unless I can shorten it in some way.

Hope I helped!

Eskimo1990
01-03-2008, 09:00 AM
<3 means I love you, or love...so-so...

My dad thought it meant less than 3...lol

I used to you use text speak or computer speak...but I rather just type it all out now, even on my phone

akiwiguy
01-03-2008, 09:11 AM
My daughter has this habit now of actually saying, in normal conversation, "LOL" to anything mildly amusing. It is really part of her vocabulary now, with a specific meaning, kinda "That is pretty sick Dad."

Williebee
01-03-2008, 09:25 AM
Here's a couple of resources for inquiring minds:

netlingo (http://www.netlingo.com/)

lingo2word (http://lingo2word.com/index.php)

As always, your mileage may vary, void where prohibited by lack of electricity.

benbradley
01-03-2008, 09:48 AM
Here, have a ---<---<@ but watch out for the <s.

And I presume modern cellphones have multiline displays, so a previous generation of artwork (this was popular on computer bulletin boards before Microsoft Windows took over the PC world) may have a comeback:
http://baetzler.de/humor/ascii_cows.var

If you're wondering what a short sequence of actual letters means, it might be in this thread:
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21648

Cassiopeia
01-03-2008, 09:54 AM
BFFE= Best Friend Forever

BFE= Beyond Freaking Egypt

Devil Ledbetter
01-03-2008, 03:53 PM
You forgot HOGMP.

It means Hold On, Getting More Pringles.

Other than that, it's all geek to me.;)

truelyana
01-03-2008, 05:31 PM
I send texts, but I write out the whole words. This text speech is also new to me.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
01-03-2008, 06:36 PM
'Pwned' had me for a while... who'da thunk it come from a typo?

Carole
01-03-2008, 07:50 PM
BFE= Beyond Freaking Egypt
When I was a teenager - waaaaaay back in the 80s, the sentiment was the same, but the words were different. B*** F***** Egypt. :D

Shadow_Ferret
01-03-2008, 08:00 PM
My main question right now is:

What does this mean? <3
Less than three?


<3 means I love you, or love...so-so...



My dad thought it meant less than 3...lol


Stop laughing at us!

Jersey Chick
01-03-2008, 08:26 PM
Oy.

I don't understand text speak. Or the Egypt thing. We didn't do the Egypt thing. We were too busy stealing car parts to sell at Englishtown. :D

Willowmound
01-03-2008, 08:30 PM
I'm also sixteen...feel free to ask me anything.

What are you wearing?

Noooo! That's so wrong! I did not say that. Nuh-huh.

quickWit
01-03-2008, 08:41 PM
What are you wearing?

The usual, chaps and a cowboy hat.

Willowmound
01-03-2008, 08:45 PM
Mm. Yummy. :-/

Silver King
01-03-2008, 09:15 PM
I don't understand the value of text messaging. Isn't it easier just to talk on the phone? Why would you write a note to someone when you could speak to that person instead?

Maybe I'm just not up with the times, but text messaging seems like a whole lotta work for little or nothing in return.

cray
01-03-2008, 09:17 PM
I don't understand the value of text messaging. Isn't it easier just to talk on the phone? Why would you write a note to someone when you could speak to that person instead?



you want my phone number?

cray
01-03-2008, 09:18 PM
uh huh. i thought not.
:D

melaniehoo
01-03-2008, 09:22 PM
I don't understand the value of text messaging. Isn't it easier just to talk on the phone? Why would you write a note to someone when you could speak to that person instead?

Maybe I'm just not up with the times, but text messaging seems like a whole lotta work for little or nothing in return.

I never used messaging until I moved to another country, and now I use that as my main means of communication with my friends. I generally type out all the words and insist on spelling things correctly, but a few friends are trying to break me of my editing habit.

My favorite thing I've learned:
brb ggp - be right back, gotta go pee.

:D

rhymegirl
01-03-2008, 09:23 PM
How about writing a whole post here in text?

Can anybody do that?

ggp--ha ha, that's a good one.

cray
01-03-2008, 09:24 PM
143 rg

Silver King
01-03-2008, 09:25 PM
you want my phone number?
Sure, but I ain't sending you no stinking text message! We'll have to communicate the old fashioned way. :)

rhymegirl
01-03-2008, 09:26 PM
143 rg

And what does that mean?

auntybug
01-03-2008, 09:27 PM
I don't understand the value of text messaging. Isn't it easier just to talk on the phone? Why would you write a note to someone when you could speak to that person instead?

Maybe I'm just not up with the times, but text messaging seems like a whole lotta work for little or nothing in return.

I've gotten into it now that my nieces have phones. Even my friends from other states. When you don't have time for a long conversation - you can pelt out a quick sentence or 2. I have a treo so its a full key pad. I don't think I could ever use a regular phone again & text like I do now. And yes, the abb. they use drives me crzy sometimes;)

quickWit
01-03-2008, 09:28 PM
143 rg

Oooooo! Cray and RG sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G...

auntybug
01-03-2008, 09:28 PM
143 is "I love you"

(lucky gal;) )

rhymegirl
01-03-2008, 09:30 PM
143 is "I love you"

(lucky gal;) )

Ohhhhhhhhh....I see.


Cray is gonna get himself in trouble, huh?

melaniehoo
01-03-2008, 09:30 PM
143 is "I love you"


Please explain.

quickWit
01-03-2008, 09:31 PM
I=1 char
LOVE=4 char
YOU=3 char

melaniehoo
01-03-2008, 09:33 PM
So that could also be I Hate You?


:D

quickWit
01-03-2008, 09:36 PM
God I hope not, otherwise I've been misinterpreting all those texts from my wife.

melaniehoo
01-03-2008, 09:40 PM
LOL. I'm just giving you 4.

auntybug
01-03-2008, 09:42 PM
LOL. I'm just giving you 4.

:roll: :ROFL:

rhymegirl
01-03-2008, 09:44 PM
I think QuickWit should write an entire post here in text for Brokenfingers to have to decipher. Or anybody else who knows a lot of these terms. Let him scratch his head a bit.

auntybug
01-03-2008, 09:49 PM
GMAFB RG the battery is so LY. Gotta get me a new BF like ASAFP.
TTFN MTFBWY.
ab

quickWit
01-03-2008, 09:57 PM
Oh my God...I think auntybug is coming on to me.

quickWit
01-03-2008, 09:59 PM
I think QuickWit should write an entire post here in text for Brokenfingers to have to decipher.

Sadly, in the few 'text' posts I've made here today I think I've used up my entire arsenal of texting acronyms.

auntybug
01-03-2008, 10:02 PM
Your cell phone or mine :e2brows:

quickWit
01-03-2008, 10:03 PM
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

rhymegirl
01-03-2008, 10:04 PM
GMAFB RG the battery is so LY. Gotta get me a new BF like ASAFP.
TTFN MTFBWY.
ab

Thanks auntybug.

I sent her a PM with my interpretation. But BF will have to figure this out for himself. Ha ha.

quickWit
01-03-2008, 10:07 PM
I'm just giving you 4.

Aw, 4 2 U 2 MH!

Jersey Chick
01-03-2008, 10:13 PM
Hmmm.... I tried to translate and all I came up with were swear words... that can't be right, can it?

My husband texts me all the time and it drives me nuts -nuts I tell ya. Just call!

OMG, WTF?

Ok - that's it, I'm out of code.

C U L8R

ok - I had that one, but that's it. :D

melaniehoo
01-03-2008, 10:32 PM
Aw, 4 2 U 2 MH!

FLOFL.


How about an oldie. 0ICU812

brokenfingers
01-03-2008, 10:32 PM
GMAFB RG the battery is so LY. Gotta get me a new BF like ASAFP.
TTFN MTFBWY.
abI'll let cray decipher that one. ;)

Jersey Chick
01-03-2008, 10:41 PM
:e2thud:

auntybug
01-03-2008, 10:42 PM
I'll now be accepting applications;)

kgottagobye:D

cray
01-03-2008, 10:45 PM
kgottagobye:D

pfft. she's not going anywhere.

benbradley
01-03-2008, 10:47 PM
It's too easy to rag on kids about how they're learning all these illiterate habits online and with cellphones and how they're abominations to the English (or any other) language, but it occurrs to me that they (well, many of them) are in essence learning a new language (the texting shortcuts) as well as the old (plain old English with fully spelled out words).


I don't understand the value of text messaging. Isn't it easier just to talk on the phone? Why would you write a note to someone when you could speak to that person instead?

Maybe I'm just not up with the times, but text messaging seems like a whole lotta work for little or nothing in return.
There are a lot of social situations where you can't actually speak, nor would it look good to put an electronic box up to the side of your face (though there's the bluetooth headset things, and more and more people are looking like cyborgs). These might be during a business meeting, anytime in a classroom (especially during a test when it looks like you're puncjing keys on a calculator) and such where texting "allows" communication when it won't disturb others in your vicinity (thank The Gods for texting in restaurants!) or communication is strongly frowned on or not allowed.

Here's a story of a texting teen - I heard this on the radio (she talked about stealthily sending text messages with the phone in her purse, WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE PHONE), but I can't play it from this page because I refuse to put a RealAudio player on this computer:

http://www.fromthetop.org/Programs/Performers.cfm?pid=2366

I have no clue. I don't own a cell phone.
I've never had one either, but I know an awful lot of this stuff, and anything I don't know I often look up (there are glossaries galore online). There appears to be a lot of overlap between various modes of online communication, and by being observant it's been fairly easy to learn modes of communication I don't use. I've seen the two-character heart thing <3 in at least one AW post earlier this year. I forget where I first saw the rose (MANY years ago, see my earlier post if you didn't 'get' it), but I always thought that was neat.

I never used messaging until I moved to another country, and now I use that as my main means of communication with my friends. I generally type out all the words and insist on spelling things correctly, but a few friends are trying to break me of my editing habit.

My favorite thing I've learned:
brb ggp - be right back, gotta go pee.

:D
Great, go ahead and go to the other extreme: Make it extra fancy and long (using euphemisms helps) so they have to scroll a long way to read the whole thing:

I shall return shortly after answering The Call of Nature.

Make your friends DREAD getting a text from you!:D

rhymegirl
01-03-2008, 10:47 PM
I'll let cray decipher that one. ;)

Oh what a chicken.

It's:

too R-rated to leave it here.

quickWit
01-03-2008, 10:55 PM
WTG RG!

cray
01-03-2008, 10:56 PM
that's close,rg, but not quite....
the actual translation is would result in the bannitation of me, you, ab and everyone involved in this thread

rhymegirl
01-03-2008, 10:58 PM
that's close,rg, but not quite....
the actual translation is would result in the bannitation of me, you, ab and everyone involved in this thread

I know that. I did leave out a few letters, didn't I?

auntybug
01-03-2008, 10:58 PM
that's close,rg, but not quite....
the actual translation is would result in the bannitation of me, you, ab and everyone involved in this thread

And I had to think twice about NOT posting it here oh ex-love of my life

(something about a broken bed frame :roll:)

Cassiopeia
01-03-2008, 11:13 PM
When I was a teenager - waaaaaay back in the 80s, the sentiment was the same, but the words were different. B*** F***** Egypt. :DOH this is bad...

I know what the F word is in there but the B word? This is just bad...and I did clean up the F word in mine. :D

C.bronco
01-03-2008, 11:35 PM
FLOFL. for love of former lichens?


How about an oldie. 0ICU812 yes, this is a classic.
:)

quickWit
01-03-2008, 11:40 PM
FLOFL

I thought FLOFL was just a hip way to say 'falafel', the tasty Middle Eastern chick pea treat.

Imagine my embarrassment.

brokenfingers
01-03-2008, 11:42 PM
I thought it meant Aunt Flo's in Florida. Now you people know why I started this thread.

Stormhawk
01-04-2008, 12:13 AM
I don't understand the value of text messaging. Isn't it easier just to talk on the phone? Why would you write a note to someone when you could speak to that person instead?


Text is cheaper. Sometimes, all I'll have is enough credit for one text - which is barely the connection fee for a call.

...so very much looking forward to getting mobile broadband so I can just use skype wherever I go.

On the other hand, I don't use text shortcuts all that much. "LOL" "OMG and ZOMG" "WTF" and a few other common ones.

I might be fairly young, but I value FULL REAL WORDS.

choppersmom
01-04-2008, 12:22 AM
Oy.

I don't understand text speak. Or the Egypt thing. We didn't do the Egypt thing. We were too busy stealing car parts to sell at Englishtown. :D

That was YOU???? Gimme back my grill, dammit...

rhymegirl
01-04-2008, 12:26 AM
I thought it meant Aunt Flo's in Florida. Now you people know why I started this thread.

:ROFL: Me, too.

melaniehoo
01-04-2008, 03:03 AM
I made up FLOFL during a particularly hyper chat. It's LOL plus a couple sailor words.

SpookyWriter
01-04-2008, 03:19 AM
I've never had one either, but I know an awful lot of this stuff, and anything I don't know I often look up (there are glossaries galore online).I've written telecom and worked on PBX switches before, but not really interested in owning a cell phone or any of those gadgets. If I am programming and need to see how my code works then I have a test phone.

Besides, I ain't important enough for people to bother calling. And I like it that way.

Kerr
01-04-2008, 03:32 AM
This looks like a whole lot of text-talking and not so many translations. Now I'm more confused than ever.
How about IMO? When I'm reading in here, I always say "I imagine," because it feels right.

melaniehoo
01-04-2008, 03:34 AM
IMO = In My Opinion
IMHO = In My Honest Opinion
JMO = Just My Opinion

and so on.

Silver King
01-04-2008, 03:40 AM
This looks like a whole lot of text-talking and not so many translations. Now I'm more confused than ever...
The AW Dictionary (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21648&page=2) will help with some translations. Check out post #43, where FennelGiraffe has organized them alphabetically.

melaniehoo
01-04-2008, 04:00 AM
SK, you're probably right that the H means Humble. Guess I'm more honest than humble. ;)

Carole
01-04-2008, 04:01 AM
OH this is bad...

I know what the F word is in there but the B word? This is just bad...and I did clean up the F word in mine. :D
~*laughing!!!!*~

The B word is just butt. Considering the F word in there, I edited out the rest of butt as well so as not to be TOO offensive!! :D

rhymegirl
01-04-2008, 04:03 AM
SK, you're probably right that the H means Humble. Guess I'm more honest than humble. ;)

Yeah, I thought IMHO was "in my humble opinion", too.

rhymegirl
01-04-2008, 04:05 AM
The AW Dictionary (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21648&page=2) will help with some translations. Check out post #43, where FennelGiraffe has organized them alphabetically.

That's why we <3 SK. He's so helpful.

Silver King
01-04-2008, 04:09 AM
SK, you're probably right that the H means Humble. Guess I'm more honest than humble. ;)
I notice some folks state their views by first saying, IMO or IMHO. I can't see why they say that, since we already know they are expressing their opinion.

Mel, did you see ORPCC made it into the AW Dictionary? :Thumbs:

Silver King
01-04-2008, 04:15 AM
That's why we <3 SK. He's so helpful.
Speaking of helpful, I'll get in touch with FennelGiraffe and see if there's anything in this thread she can add to the AW Dictionary. When it comes to creating work for others, I'm REAL helpful. :)

brokenfingers
01-04-2008, 04:17 AM
Here's a couple of resources for inquiring minds:

netlingo (http://www.netlingo.com/)

lingo2word (http://lingo2word.com/index.php)

As always, your mileage may vary, void where prohibited by lack of electricity.Williebee's links are the definitive resource, folks. Lots of good text-speak there.

melaniehoo
01-04-2008, 04:51 AM
I notice some folks state their views by first saying, IMO or IMHO. I can't see why they say that, since we already know they are expressing their opinion.

Mel, did you see ORPCC made it into the AW Dictionary? :Thumbs:

I did!

I think people use that to protect themselves against those who get all huffy if someone doesn't share their opinion. IMHO.

rhymegirl
01-04-2008, 04:55 AM
Whaddaya mean huffy?

IMHO, you are wrong about that!!! :)

melaniehoo
01-04-2008, 05:04 AM
Huff huff.

brokenfingers
01-04-2008, 05:13 AM
IMHO = In My Huffy Opinion

melaniehoo
01-04-2008, 05:22 AM
IMHO = In My Huffy Opinion

SOLD!

Silver King
01-04-2008, 05:28 AM
IMHO = In My Huffy Opinion
That's a good one.

We can also use an acronym for stuffy opinions: IMEALO, which means, In My Esteemed and Learned Opinion. In other words, don't you DARE question my views, you simpleton, and just appreciate I took the time to allow you to bask in my knowledge.

FennelGiraffe
01-04-2008, 05:59 AM
Speaking of helpful, I'll get in touch with FennelGiraffe and see if there's anything in this thread she can add to the AW Dictionary. When it comes to creating work for others, I'm REAL helpful. :)

Yup. Real helpful. :e2moon:

<3
143
BFF
IDK
JMO
NM

I think that's the ones I added.

Silver King
01-04-2008, 06:38 AM
Yup. Real helpful. :e2moon:

<3
143
BFF
IDK
JMO
NM

I think that's the ones I added.
That's terrific! Thank you, FG, for helping to make the AW Dictionary a helpful and expanding resource for our members. :)

Joe270
01-04-2008, 07:29 AM
All you need is <3, all you need is <3,<3. <3 is all you need.

I don't think Paul McCartney would have made much on that song.

Willowmound
01-04-2008, 01:28 PM
I don't understand the value of text messaging. Isn't it easier just to talk on the phone? Why would you write a note to someone when you could speak to that person instead?

Maybe I'm just not up with the times, but text messaging seems like a whole lotta work for little or nothing in return.


I hate the phone conversation.

Bartholomew
01-04-2008, 04:01 PM
Ahh ok. So what would the context be for using that? I heart you? Is there such a thing? And if so, what does it mean?

You can <3 anything that pleases you.

Willowmound
01-04-2008, 04:14 PM
<3 off

choppersmom
01-05-2008, 03:32 AM
<3-on??

Bartholomew
01-05-2008, 12:01 PM
<3 off

I think I've just been mooned.